Sep. 24, 1987
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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A Different World

In this spin-off from the popular sitcom The Cosby Show, Denise Huxtable enters her sophomore year at Hillman, alma mater of her parents and grandfather, where she moves into Gilbert Hall and shares a dorm room with 26-year-old Jaleesa Vinson and talkative new roommate Maggie Lauten. A show that follows the ups and downs of college students lives.

A Different World Season 5 (1991-1992)

5x01 5 5x01 We've Only Just Begun
Dwayne begins teaching classes as Whitley takes a job as a director of a new dorm, encountering her first problem with a freshman seeking a place to stay.
Sep. 19, 1991
5x02 5 5x02 The Dwayne Mutiny
Dwayne's high standards for his class, leads to a student walk-out. Jaleesa starts a temp agency and her first assignment is to find Freddie a job.
Sep. 26, 1991
5x03 5 5x03 Home Is Where the Fire Is
Whitley tries to assign her dorm duties to Kim, the resident assistant. Lena faces trouble with the dean when she starts a fire in the dorm.
Oct. 03, 1991
5x04 5 5x04 Almost Working Girl
Whitley recommends Jaleesa's temp agency to E.H. Wright and the only person available is Freddie, which causes a problem when Freddie disagrees with her new boss on affirmative a ...
Oct. 10, 1991
5x05 5 5x05 In the Eye of the Storm
The Pit becomes a place of refuge when a hurricane approaches Hillman. Ron tries to convince Freddie to play a demo tape of his band on her radio show.
Oct. 17, 1991
5x06 5 5x06 Rule Number One
Whitley discovers Lena has a crush on Dwayne after he agrees to tutor her in calculus. Realizing Lena is homesick Whitley agrees to be her confidante.
Oct. 24, 1991
5x07 5 5x07 Baby, I'm a Star
Ron's band hires Kim to be their vocalist after they are fired from a club, hoping to bring a new sound to the group. Col. Taylor takes up dancing to impress Jaleesa.
Oct. 31, 1991
5x08 5 5x08 Liza Who-Little
Whitley's aunt offers her a job as an art buyer, but first she must entertain her cousin Liza for a weekend visit to Hillman.
Nov. 07, 1991
5x09 5 5x09 To Tell the Truth (1)
Whitley is nervous about the engagement party and takes it out on Dwayne, who uses the opportunity to explore other options.
Nov. 14, 1991
5x10 5 5x10 Do You Take This Woman? (2)
Whitley is still reeling after she learns that Dwayne went on a date. Adele and Marion dislike each other immediately causing more tension between Dwayne and Whitley.
Nov. 21, 1991
5x11 5 5x11 Mammy Dearest
Whitley organizes an art exhibit for the dorm dedication ceremony. Kim has objections to images that Whitley wants to include.
Dec. 05, 1991
5x12 5 5x12 Twelve Steps of Christmas
Col. Taylor asks Dwayne to join them for Christmas dinner not realizing that Jaleesa invited Whitley.
Dec. 19, 1991
5x13 5 5x13 Just Another Four-Letter Word
Dwayne grows tired of covering the bills for Ron and throws him out. Freddie becomes more obsessed with Shazza.
Jan. 02, 1992
5x14 5 5x14 The Cat's in the Cradle
Dwayne is jealous of Whitley's new boyfriend, so Ron takes him to the big game between Hillman and Virginia A&M to takes his mind off his troubles.
Jan. 16, 1992
5x15 5 5x15 Prisoner of Love
Freddie's prison pen pal Jamal is released from jail and needs a job, so Ron turns over his duties as a janitor, where he meets Whitley and asks her out on a date.
Jan. 23, 1992
5x16 5 5x16 Bedroom at the Top
Whitley is harassed at work by one of her superior's. Terrence decides to major in dance.
Jan. 30, 1992
5x17 5 5x17 May the Best Man Win
Whitley asks for donations for a campus fundraiser from various business owners and meets Byron Douglas III, who is impressed with her and asks her to join his campaign for state ...
Feb. 13, 1992
5x18 5 5x18 Kiss You Back (1)
Whitley is upset that Dwayne isn't jealous of her relationship with Byron and when Kim suggests that Whitley speak with Dwayne, she invites him over.
Feb. 20, 1992
5x19 5 5x19 Conflict of Interest (2)
Whitley explains to Byron that she is not in love with Dwayne and they agree to begin dating. Ron promises to prove to Kim that he is no longer a ladies man.
Feb. 27, 1992
5x20 5 5x20 Sellmates
Ron struggles with his new job at a car dealership. A female con artist gets him fired. She apologizes, and they hatch a scheme to get the boss to let them develop an ad campaign ...
Mar. 12, 1992
5x21 5 5x21 Do the Write Thing
Lena struggles to keep her grades high enough to maintain her engineering scholarship. Whitley wants to understand the issues of Byron's campaign in order to help him win.
Apr. 02, 1992
5x22 5 5x22 Love Taps
Ron is hired to promote Dion's concert. Freddie thinks that Gina is in an abusive relationship.
Apr. 23, 1992
5x23 5 5x23 Special Delivery
In the final days before the election, the incumbent accuses Byron of fooling around with a stripper. He refuses to respond to the allegations, and challenges Sen. Hutchinson to a ...
May. 07, 1992
5x24 5 5x24 Save the Best for Last (1)
The day before her wedding, Whitley frets about details until Byron is able to bring her back to reality. Kim volunteers to return to campus and retrieve a special pair of earrings ...
May. 14, 1992
5x25 5 5x25 Save the Best for Last (2)
As she awakens on her wedding day, Whitley is so flustered by her conversation with Dwayne that she can barely remember where she is or the name of her future husband.
May. 14, 1992
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